For those aiming to tackle complex social, environmental or health challenges, this enjoyable 2 day workshop gives you the ideas, skills and tools to proceed with confidence. Full details.
Sydney: 1-2 April Melbourne: 29-30 April
Art of Take Up: Reinventing
your service or project
A one day “innovation lab” to put an inventive zap into your service or project. Our promise: you'll be excited by the solution you create! Plus you'll prepare the perfect pitch to sell your idea.
Sydney: 10 April Melbourne: 2 May
Facilitation Skills: Facilitate any gathering with confidence
Facilitation is a change maker's core skill. Les shares the skills and tools to positively facilitate almost any group in almost any situation. Full details.
Sydney: 8 April Melbourne: 1 May
Comfy Zone Diagnostic Tool
Decisions, decisions, and so much to think about. This simple tool reminds project designers about the full range of behaviour change strategies available to them and when they should be used. Download the tool (152k PDF).
Les explains the key ideas in Changeology
in this succinct interview with Rob Hopkins of the UK Transition Network.
Les shows how to use the awesome "If not, then what?" method
It's a way to generate a host of convention-busting ideas amazingly quickly. From the fun session at the North East Landcare Forum 2013.
How to design a travel behaviour change project
A crash course in the principles and practice of designing behavioural projects, with lots of examples from the field of workplace travel change. Written for the WA Department of Transport. Download the 8 page fact sheet. (1.9Mb PDF).
"If not, then what?"
How to reinvigorate a Landcare or bushcare group. An inspiring collection of reinvention ideas generated by participants in Les's Passion Mashin' workshops. Download the booklet. (287k PDF).
How to craft a persuasive climate change message It's time to shift the climate change discussion from facts to actions. Here's an example of how to do it, based on lessons from behavioural psychology. Download (1.1Mb PDF).
FAQs about behaviour change The same questions about behaviour change come up again and again. Here are some answers that might be useful. This article first appeared in
The Guardian. (86k PDF)
What enables cycling? This study, carried out for the City of Sydney, will be of interest to anyone wanting to increase cycling in their communities.
Download the study. (1.5Mb PDF)
Download the cycling logic model (168k PDF)
Les Robinson brings behavioural science, clear thinking, warmth and fun to the practice of designing change programs.
Les helps change making organisations devise innovative projects. He trains their staff and volunteers in the fields of sustainability, health promotion, road safety, natural resource management and emergency management. He facilitates engaging forums, workshops, community events and conferences.
"Les is a great facilitator, excellent attitude and I appreciate the way he keeps things on track, interesting, fun and practical. Best facilitation I've seen in my year in this job!!"
- NRM facilitator, Gippsland
OpenIDEO This site, launched in August 2010 by global design firm IDEO, enables social, health and environmental problems to be tackled by virtually unlimited communities of collaborators through a process of inspiration, concepting and evaluation. No more need exhausted committees sit around wondering why they can't solve the world's problems with their own comparatively tiny cognitive resources.
The Conversation My new addiction. The sublime knowledge of Australian academia, rendered into crisp journalese, plugged directly into the daily zeitgeist. Whoever created this is a genius.